Nearly 55 million people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Research shows people can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by making lifestyle changes. Based on this research, here are five ways to keep your brain healthy.
- Exercise Regularly. Several studies have found a link between physical activity and brain health. Exercise regularly to keep your body and mind healthy and strong.
- Quit Smoking. Evidence shows an increased risk of mental decline. Quit smoking to help reduce your risk.
- Take Care of Your Heart. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes) negatively impact brain health. Taking care of your heart health can also improve your brain health.
- Eat a Healthy Diet. A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of mental decline. Eat a low-fat diet higher in vegetables and fruit to improve your risk factors.
- Mental Health Matters. Some studies show that stress, depression, and anxiety can negatively impact brain health. Seek treatment if you have symptoms of depression or anxiety and try to manage stress.
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